The Best Ways to Store and Save on Batteries in Your Home9:51 PM
If anyone had told me how many batteries we would go through in our home, I would never believe them. With all the boys, and their toys, we go through an incredible number. As someone who hates waste, and really needs to stick to a budget, we've tried all kinds of methods to reign in our use and keep our batteries lasting a long time. Here is what we have learned over the years.
1) Rechargeable batteries are great -- for some things. I'm a big fan of rechargeable batteries. Sure, they cost a little more in the beginning, but they can save big money over the course of their lifetime. One thing to realize, however, is that they are not appropriate for all devices. For things like gaming systems, remotes, and R/C toys -- which use batteries quickly and often, they can be a money-saver. For other items (such as dolls, outdoor toys, or rarely used items) they don't make much sense. Be certain that you ask the following questions when deciding if the item should be used with a rechargeable battery:
- Will the item be used outside where weather or damage make rechargeables unsafe? Could it be accidentally given away or loaned? Do we want the kids to have to charge the batteries in this item themselves? Does it use enough batteries (more than a set a week) to justify the expense?